by Dick Onarecker

Don't Lose Jesus in the Temple
Dick Onarecker
Luke 2:42

As a new, "wet-behind-the-ears-pastor" in Eldorendo, Georgia, I was scared to death when I learned the song leader would not even stand near the pulpit. He felt it was a holy place for a holy man! Lately, the interview I did for TV has aired frequently. The interview about when I ministered to a man who was pronounced dead by the area newspapers. Some people think I must have some magical powers!! But, the facts are:

* I am a simple man; even though I've earned a Ph.D. I choose not to use that title in most conversations.
* I am a sensuous man; I love physical adornments and pleasures of life.
* I am a secular man; I like to make a buck--you know, the satisfaction of a sale; the thrill of a good deal.
* I am a sinful man. I don't like the title "Reverend", which means "most holy." I am a sinner-- for all have sinned.
* I am a spiritual man. I depend on Jesus.

I am all of these: yet, I have seen cancers healed, and the dead rise.

When you find yourself in the presence of Jesus, and you hear Him say something, you begin to cheer and shout: everything He says is something to cheer about!

Jesus' Mother asked the classic question: "Why have you treated us this way?" Jesus had not left them. His parents left Jesus at the Temple. They had not noticed His direction, and they journeyed on into the week, without Him. Seems to me that this same question is still being asked today. Some Christians leave Jesus at the Temple, go on without Him, and when life gets tough in the middle of the week, they ask Jesus "why have you treated me this way?"

The Gospel has tends not to speak in glittering generalities, but rather to focus itself at the very center of where we live everyday. We are new people facing old problems. Fortunately, we face them with the same God.

There is no problem you can experience that differs from someone, somewhere recorded in Scripture. It may be wra ...

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